Today it is nearly the end of 2017 and I have just realised that Dublin [Greater Dublin] is now changing faster than I can photograph the changes and as a result I really do need to review my programme for 2018. I think that the changes are more rapid than in the Celtic Tiger period.
Today as the sunlight was magical I decided to use my 15mm Voigtlander with my new Sony A7RIII body and I was more than a little bit surprised by the results. I am now convince that the Sony A7RIII is very much superior to the A7RII. Also while I was inclined to avoid using the Voigtlander 15mm until now I must confess that I was really impressed by it when combined with the A7RIII.
Every time I publish photographs of Laughanstown I receive mail advising me that I made a spelling error and that the name of the area is Loughlinstown. I am one hundred percent certain that there is no tram stop named Loughlinstown but to be fair I cannot blame anyone for being confused as it could well be argued that Laughanstown is in Loughlinstown.
Today, I met a very helpful lady on the tram who was convinced that I was totally confused about my destination. Even when I showed her photographs of the old church and graveyard she was not at all convinced that I was not confused.
I think that I last visited the area about a year ago so I was not really expecting to see any changes. In the past I was able to access the historic sites via a narrow country lane. Today I was a bit disappointed to discover that access to a really old historic cross was barred because of a major redevelopment. I met a gentleman, walking his dog, and was surprised to discover that he was East European [he look like a local farmer and I suspect that he actually was a farmer] but he explained to me that the area was being redeveloped as a public park with a major road passing through it and that I could only gain access to the site from Carrikmines. As the sunset was approaching I decided that it was best to come back at a later date.
[UPDATE... Further Research Resulted In The Following Information]
Tully Park is located at the centre of the Cherrywood development, and the park itself is centred on the ruins of the Tully Church and Graveyard. Tully Park will be 22 acres in size, roughly the same as Dublin’s St. Stephen’s Green Park.
Being the flagship park of Cherrywood, Tully Park will serve as a facility for the entire development, containing everyday walking and cycling routes and providing environmentally-positive connections.
Lehaunstown Lane and the existing hedgerows and tree lines will divide the Park naturally into four zones:
A Heritage Zone with Tully Church & Graveyard, High Crosses and their environs, with paths to explore the monuments.
A Biodiversity Zone with lots of native wildflowers, shrubs, trees and informal paths to wander.
A Play Zone which includes a large play area for kids, a skate park and an amphitheater area for open-air plays or performances.
A Passive Zone with lawns, meadows and wooded areas make up the majority here, with winding paths and seating areas.
Tully Park will be located beside a primary and secondary school. These schools and the local community will be able to avail of the outdoor recreational facilities and open space within Tully Park.